Culturally Competent Family Therapy: A General Model

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was restorying his life history and helping him restore simplicity by acquiring a less-confusing picture of his current family situation and of his mother's personality and way of life. This tactic worked. I filled him in with information about his mother's family of origin and the circumstances of her marriage. I helped him place the history of his family in the wider context of the current sociopolitical situation of the Muslim Arab community in Israel. I also told him about the changes his mother has been going through. I told Istiklal about this conversation, and both of them were ready to meet. In the meeting, both of them were reserved and kept a distance from each other. The conversation was mainly polite. But this was just the first meeting.

"The doll-play meeting between Fareeda and Yasmeen was also good. They fought playfully through the dolls and kept giggling. This session helped release the tension between them. After this session, Fareeda was much less hostile and defensive. Her attitude toward me became one of friendly respect."

Tenth discussion: termination. Saleema began the meeting with a declaration: "I think we are ready for termination. Istiklal has become a normal "modern Muslim" married woman in Madgd-El-Krum. People gradually are forgetting her past. She is appreciated as a constructive person in the community. She meets her children regularly, once a week. They come to her home and enjoy an afternoon with their mother, her new husband and her brother. Istiklal is now pregnant. The children look forward to meet their new half sibling."


SUMMARY

This chapter is devoted to the therapeutic process and its stages: First contact, diagnostic assessment, designing a strategy, carrying out the therapy and termination. The stages are illustrated by a detailed description of the case of Istiklal and her family.

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